Daughter's illness weighs on Tillman

Daughter's illness weighs on Tillman

There are 30 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Aug 28, 2008, titled Daughter's illness weighs on Tillman. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Bears cornerback Charles Tillman will have a 1:30 p.m. news conference Friday at the Children's Memorial Hospital to address a serious medical issue involving his infant daughter.

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Heywood Jablowmee

Bradley, IL

#22 Aug 29, 2008
Smudgers wrote:
A regular person - sure, Charles Tillman will, most likely, not have to worry about where he will find the money to pay for his daughters medical bills or if he can take the time off without getting fired, but have a freaking heart.
You do hear about the Mr. Smith's in the world out there, watch the local news, read the local paper, watch CNN, MSNBC or even some reality TV such as extreme makeover. There are tons of stories out there like this. Stories even sadder than this.
The reality is that you are probably cold to it. This is a sports site that is reporting on the illness of one of it's sports icons. Of course they would write on it.
Must everything be about money with some people? Yes, he is financially able to do things some can't. Good for him. That doesn't make his less susceptible to the pain of a sick child. Do everyone a favor and look deep in your pea sized heart and think before you type next time.
Thank you for saving me some time - couldn't agree more and very well written.
ChicagoHearts

Westchester, IL

#23 Aug 29, 2008
Unfortunately what Tillman, his family and his daughter are going through is more common than anyone knows ... 1 out of every 100 children is born with a congenital heart defect ... 1,000,000 babies are born worldwide with CHDs every year and more than 100,000 do not survive.( www.childrensheartfoundation.org )
American

United States

#24 Aug 29, 2008
My thoughts and prayers to the baby and family.
It is tough-
Rick

Highland Park, IL

#25 Aug 29, 2008
A regular person wrote:
I don't like to read about anyone - especially a baby - who is sick, but if that weighs on someone who makes millions of dollars, imagine how it weighs on us who have regular jobs and can't afford to miss work.
I'm sorry to differ, but you are not a "regular person." You are quite irregular.

“This won't hurt a bit!”

Since: Aug 08

Chicago

#26 Aug 29, 2008
A regular person wrote:
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I don’t think so. My point was that we never read that Mr. Joe Smith (who happens to work at the local hospital, real estate office, newspaper, pick an office), who earns $50,000/year (or less), has a child with a serious illness. It is weighing on his mind greatly. He is not sure how he will continue making it to his office during the day when he also has to go to the hospital, to the doctors’ offices, to the pharmacy, etc. and continue earning his pay check so that he can pay his bills which are barely covered as it is on his “middle-class” income. More importantly, Mr. Smith cannot afford to lose his job because then he will lose his insurance coverage, too. I’m sure Tillman won’t have to worry how he will pay the medical bills, continue his insurance coverage, and continue to collect his salary so that he can continue to live in his 3 bedroom house like Mr. Smith.
I would bet that Tillman, if asked, would give up his salary and job if his daughter could have been born healthy. Money doesn't buy happiness or health.

I see what you are talking about, but it just appears that you are bitter and/or jealous.
GregB

Orange, CA

#27 Aug 29, 2008
As I see some of the comments about Mr. Tillman and how he is financially secure - based on his interview I think he would trade places with
'Mr. Smith' in a heartbeat in exchange for a healthy daughter.
dirty bong water

Chicago, IL

#28 Aug 29, 2008
Good to hear she has made it out of the woods. Good Luck to your daugther and your family.

Take out all of your pent up aggression on the colts on sunday.

go peanut, go bears
Bear Down Rick

Fishers, IN

#29 Aug 29, 2008
God bless your daughter, Peanut.
Will say a prayer for you all, as well as the little angel who shared a heart with her.

Really puts sports in perspective.
The Baron

Downers Grove, IL

#30 Aug 29, 2008
Bear Down Rick wrote:
God bless your daughter, Peanut.
Will say a prayer for you all, as well as the little angel who shared a heart with her.
Really puts sports in perspective.
Nice post Rick, I'll second that!!!
RamRod

Saint Paul, MN

#31 Sep 3, 2008
I'll third that!

Actually, puts all of living and what we gauge as important, in perspective.

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